Intel wants a piece of the smartphone market pie. Earlier this year, Intel announced that their chips will be running on Android on a number of smartphones. Lenovo and XOLO are already offering smartphones with Intel but are only sold in China and India respectively.
This time, it is Motorola’s turn as the company has announced the RAZR i with Intel Atom. The Atom CPU is a Z2460 single core, Medfield-based CPU that runs at 1.3GHz but can ramp up to 2.0GHz it needs it. While being a single core may be a deterrent for some, Intel does say that the CPU has HyperThreading which should stack up to its ARM rivals.
The RAZR i itself has a 4.3″ Super AMOLED display which Motorola has designed to be edge-to-edge which it claims has virtually no borders. It has an 8MP camera and storage models of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB with an expandable microSD slot. The back plate is made out of Kevlar and the display is protected with Gorilla Glass which should make the RAZR i a tough smartphone. It is even resistant to water as well.
The Motorola RAZR i runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It will also be upgradable to Jelly Bean.
While the Intel Atom isn’t really known for its performance on netbook, it will be interesting to see what it can do on a smartphone. How would it stack up to the ARM-based smartphones in terms of performance and most importantly, battery life.